[ dih-rekt-ak-ses, -ak-, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈrɛktˈæk sɛs, -ˌæk-, daɪ- /
pertaining to the ability to obtain data from, or place data in, external storage without the need to sequentially scan other data contained there.
pertaining to the method of organization and access used for a data structure in which records are located by their keys, without reference to other records that may have been previously accessed.
Direct Questions vs. Reported DialogueA direct question is when you ask a question by speaking directly (e.g. “How are you doing today?”). Reported dialogue is when you report what someone else says (e.g. “Joan asked how you’re doing today.”). Reported dialogue usually uses the third person point of view. Direct Questions Direct questions usually include interrogative pronouns or adverbs. Interrogative pronouns and adverbs include words like as who, what, …
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Also called random-access.
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a method of reading data from a computer file without reading through the file from the beginning as on a disk or drumAlso called: random access Compare sequential access
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